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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Stealing

Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of memes from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent memes. You may have heard of the expression, “honor amongst thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we try to credit the blog that we stole it from and we will “fess up” to the blog owner where we stole the meme. We also provide a link to the victim's meme. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") Sometimes we edit the original meme, to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, to select the best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from this new meme or recently asked questions from a previously featured meme.
Let's go!!!

From: Quizopolis
Favorite summer flower:

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Flavor of ice cream:

Hard to nail down just one, but the one I probably order Butter Pecan more often than anything else.

Mode of transportation:
Car.  I enjoy the scenery, can listen to music or a book in the car, rest stops en route, etc..  Of course, driving a long distance can get to ya after awhile.   Going long distances, I prefer an airplane (though I would love to take the train across the Canadian Rockies)
These days, probably show music is what I listen to when I listen to music (which isn't often).


Dungeness crab, of course ... or anything I don't have to cook myself.  For dining out, my first choice is usually Chinese or Mexican.

Favorite game to play:

I loved Cousins Days and our marathon games of the card game "65," which aren't possible any more, since Kathy is dead, Peach has moved halfway across the country, and my mother has dementia, so right now my favorite (and only) game is Word with Friends.

Earliest childhood summer memory:

Going to Sunnyside Cottages at Boyes Hot Springs.  It's where I learned to swim.   I remember that "Mona Lisa" played it seemed all the time at the swimming pool complex and I ate Neopolitan taffy. I occasionally got to ride horses when I was older, and on one of those vacations, when I was 7,  I got my very first hair cut, leaving my long curls on the floor of the beauty shop.

Favorite Drink:

Water.  Cold water (either from a cooler, or over ice)

Favorite Snack:

Hmmm...maybe peanuts? Usually something salty and crunchy.

Place to read:

In my recliner.

Most annoying:

Chris Matthews (I used to like him), Carl Rove & Dick Cheney (never liked them)

How I handle the heat:

Air conditioning, fans, and ice water.

Pet Peeve:

I just came from the post office, where I mail things at least once a week.   They now have a sign asking you about what's in your package, if you need special services, if you want to buy a mail box, etc.  Even though I point to the sign and say "no - no - no- no" to each of the four columns, they have to ASK me the questions for each column every. frigging. time.  Drives me nuts.

All-time favorite bathing suit:

It has been so long since I wore a bathing suit, I can't even remember what suits I used to have.

Best Time of Day:

After dinner when I have no guilt about watching TV or working on the computer (which I do all day anyway, but it's only guilt-less after dinner!)  I used to love morning and I still do, but getting up in the morning signals the dogs that it's time to go berserk so I'm more likely to lounge about for awhile before letting them know I'm functional.

Summer movie:

I'm not a big movie watcher, not because I don't love movies, but because we just never seem to get to the theater, so I'm not up on current movies, no matter what the season.  But for a movie about summer, In the Good Old Summertime. Summerstock, or Summertime are favorites.

Happy Day 20:  

Day 20 -- Happiness is finding yourself stopped at a stoplight
and  realizing that the car in front of you has an interesting backside.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sunday Stealing

One Thing .....
that makes you smile:

I always smile watching the grandkids running around their back yard, chasing each other, playing in the puppet theater, riding bikes, etc.  So much youth!  So much energy! 

that makes you cry:

Pretty much anything emotional makes me cry, especially any book or TV show that has touching moments in them, whether sad or happy. Don't get me started on Hallmark commercials or videos about animal rescue by the Human Society

that you love to do on the weekends:

Write to my granddaughters.  I am trying to establish a routine so that when they are old enough, they will maybe think about writing back (not for a couple of years yet, though)

that you do for only yourself:

I sponsor children through Compassion. Walt doesn't express an interest and the money for the support of the kids comes out of my own bank account, where I deposit my checks from writing reviews.

that you have in your underwear drawer that's NOT underwear:

Just checked and I'm afraid that the only thing in there is underwear (unless socks aren't considered underwear, in which case I also have socks in there)

that you do before going to sleep:

Our dog Sheila and I have a routine.  I lie down on the couch and she walks in the direction of my head to my feet so I can pet her and scratch her hind quarters.   Then she turns around and walks in the other direction, so I can scratch her ears and her chest and give her hugs around her neck.  When I've done that, she lies down next to the couch, where she sleeps all night.

that you do within the first 15 minutes after waking:

Check e-mail (my iPad is on a shelf right next to me and I can check e-mail without letting the dogs know I'm awake)

that's in your purse:

My purse weighs 25 lbs.  It holds wallet, iPod, Kindle, camera, cell phone and then all the "little things" we all carry.
that you actually LIKE to clean:
I've been sitting here thinking and thinking and can't come up with anything.

that you DETEST cleaning:

The toilet.  I am very lucky that Walt does it.

that other people would find odd about you:

I suspect that people would find most things about me rather odd.

that you would buy if I handed you a $100 bill:

I would stick it in my checking account so that I'm not behind when time comes to pay for the Compassion kids.  Nothing I need to buy with $100.

that you feel you HAVE to do before you die:

Well, actually most things on my mental bucket list I am very fortunate to have done.   I would hate to leave this world without finding out why Peggy cut me off, but that is never going to happen and thank goodness I have (mostly) made peace with it.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sunday Stealing


Travel anywhere, where would it be?

South Africa

Meet anyone, who would it be?

Jon Stewart

Bring anyone dead back to life, who would it be?

It has to be two -- Paul and David

Be anyone for a day, who would it be?

Bill Gates (as long as I would have access to his check book)

Get anything for free for the rest of your life what would it be?


Change one thing about your life what would it be

I would prefer not to be the mother of two dead sons.

Have any superpower what would it be?


Be any animal for a day which would you be?

An elephant...I want to truly understand elephant societies (also, I think it would be cool to pick up things with your nose)

Date anyone who would it be?

I'm too old to date anyone.

Change one thing about the world what would it be?

Clean water and sanitation facilities for everyone.

Live in any fictional universe which would you choose?

Well, with Claire and Jaime on Fraser's Ridge, of course (away from all the battles).

Eliminate one of your human needs which would you get rid of?

I kinda like all my needs.

Change one thing about your physical appearance what would it be?

I'd like to be magically the right size.

Change one of your personality traits which would you choose?

Ah now, none of that.  If I admit which one, I'll have to work on changing it.   I'm on to your tricks.

Be talented at anything instantly what would you choose?

Understand everything about photography.

Forget one event in your life which would you choose?

The one where Peggy decided she hated me (whichever event that was -- I still don't know)

Erase an event from history (make it so it never happened) which would you choose?

The temptation to reverse the 2000 Supreme Court decision handing the presidency to George Bush is tempting, but I believe in the butterfly effect, how everything in this world is connected.   If you erase one event from history how will that affect the GOOD things today? Better not mess with the past.

Have any hair/eye/skin color, which would you choose?

If I were younger, I would have auburn hair, green eyes, and that lovely Irish complexion.  (In other words, I want to be Maureen O'Hara in the 50s)

Be any weight/body type, which would you choose?

Thin enough to buy clothes, heavy enough not to look anoretic.

Live in any country/city, where would you choose?

I'm happy where I am, but if I had to choose some other place, I would pick London.

Change one law in your country, which would you change?

Make same gender marriage irrevocably legal in all states.

Be any height, which would you choose?

What I used to be -- 5'7-1/2"  I hate not being able to reach high shelves any more.

Have any job in the world, which would you choose?

I'd still prefer to be retired.

Have anything appear in your pocket right now, what would it be?

Something chocolate (but wrapped, so it wouldn't melt)

Have anyone beside you right now, who would it be?

Paul, because I have so many questions to ask him about his death.  And I miss our long, in-depth conversations.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sunday Stealing

61. Do you like current pop stars?
I don't know any current pop stars.  Everybody sounds the same, but then I listen to very little pop music these days.

62. What is your least favorite chore?

All of them (I'm lucky that Walt does so many)

63. Last place you drove your car?

To visit my mother, 5 minutes away, in her senior living facility.

64. Ever been out of the country?

Many times since 1989.  Last time was last year to Ukraine (while it was still tourist-friendly, sort of).  In the fall we are going to Paris and the South of France.

65. Where were you the last time you used a public bathroom?

Hmmm...where have I been lately? Probably at one of the rest stops on the way home from Santa Barbara.

66. Could you handle being in the military?

Sure.  Can they use a fat 71 year old completely out of shape grandmother with a permanent bend to her back and vision in only one eye?

67. What is your average cell phone bill?

I don't know; Walt pays the bills, but we never run over our basic service plan.

68. Who or what are you thinking about right now?

The show we just saw tonight, Maple and Vine, by Jordan Harrison, which I have to write a review of tomorrow.

69. When was the last time you laughed REALLY hard?

It's been so long I can't remember.

70. How many pairs of shoes do you own?

I don't know exactly, but I'm not a shoe person.  I really only wear two different shoes, one a pair of Birkenstocks, and one some black SAS shoes that I can use for walking or more dressy (though they are not dressy at all...more clunky, old lady shoes) 

71. Are your toes always painted?

They have been painted exactly once -- for my sister-in-law's wedding.

72. How many piercings do you have?

Two.  One in each ear lobe.  Got them in 1967.

73. What are you doing today?

I already did it.  Went to take my mother's pills for next week to her, and then went to Sacramento to see Maple and Vine (good show).

74. Have you ever been gambling?

Yes, but not willingly.  I am a very unlucky gambler and usually just watch others play.  If I try to play, I always lose. Even when someone insists on giving me a cup of coins for the slot machine, I will warn them that I will lose it all, but they insist...and I do.  But I have been to casinos in Reno, Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas and Atlantic City with people who do like to gamble.

75. When is the last time you updated your blog?

Well.  Right now, as soon as I post this.  Before that, yesterday (I update daily and have been doing that for nearly 15 years)

76. Do you like roller coasters?

I am a first class wimp.  I have only been on tame roller coasters maybe 3 times (one of those the Matterhorn at Disneyland, which shows you how "wild" I'll get).  I hated it every times

77. Have you ever been to Disneyland or world?, yes;, no.

78. Do you have a favorite cartoon character?

Lisa Simpson

79. Last thing you cooked?

I made an "Impossible Tuna Pie" last night.

80. How's the weather?

Hot, but bearable.

81. Do you e-mail more than snail mail?

I used to, but since I have very, very few people to e-mail to now and I'm doing a lot of swapping through Swap Bot, I probably send more snail mail these days.

82. What's the funniest picture you ever took with your cell phone?

I don't take a lot of pictures with my cell phone, and I frequently transfer them to my desktop so I can use them in this journal, so I don't currently have really funny pictures, but I do love this picture of Lacie with "bed head"
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83. Last time you were sick?
I can't remember.  It's been a very long time.

84. What states have you lived in?

Only California

85. Do you wish you could move? would mean cleaning up!

86. Do you take a lot of quizzes?

Always Sunday Stealing, lots of those "What XXX would you be" quizzes on Facebook, and occasionally I'll do a non-Sunday Stealing meme.

87. What is your dream car?

I dunno.  I like the one I have now.  (2014 Honda Accord)

88. Have you ever wanted someone you can't have?

Sure.  My very first crush was on our local parish priest.

89. If you could be anywhere right now where would it be?

Sipping a cool drink on the veranda of some game preserve lodge in Africa somewhere, watching elephants come to a nearby watering hole.

90. Are you happy with your life?

Things could always be improved, but overall, I'm content.  My assessment based on this Sunday Stealing:  I am a pretty boring person!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Sunday Stealing

30. Do you read your horoscope?
Almost never and I certainly never believe it.

31. Where was the last place you bought something?

The grocery store (Nugget Market)

32. How do you feel about your hair right now?

Hate it!  It's too long and needs cutting

33. Do you bite your nails?

Never have.

34. Do you have any expensive jewelry?

No, except my engagement ring.

35. Have you ever been told you speak fast?

Yes, but not lately.

36. Is your laugh usually hearty?

No.  Too repressed to laugh heartily, except on rare occasions.

37. How fast have you driven a car?

I never reached 100, but I think I might have accidentally gone over 90 a time or two.

38. Have you ever smoked?

Half of one cigarette, in high school.  That convinced me I wasn't interested.

39. What was your favorite subject in school?

English and French

40. Do you have cell phone provider loyalty?

Not "loyalty."  We use Verizon, but I could change if it seemed a good idea.

41. What type of boy or girl do you usually fall for?

I'm 71 years old.  I don't fall for boys or girls any more!

42. Do you have any hidden talents?

I don't think so.

43. Favorite Song?

"For Good" from Wicked.

44. Do you like to sing at all?

No.  I used to sing, but whatever voice I had has left me now.

45. Dream Job?

The one I have now:  retiree.

46. Where does most of your family live?

California.  (Come home, Jeri!)

47. Are you an only child or do you have siblings?

I had a sister 4-1/2 years younger; she was murdered in 1971, at age 24.

Karen, about 10 years before she was murdered
48. Would you consider yourself to be spoiled?

49. What was the first thing you thought when you woke up?

I slept the whole night without waking!

50. Do you drink?

Water, always.  Alcoholic beverages, rarely, but yes, I do drink

51. Know any other languages?

A smattering of French, a smattering of Portuguese.  I used to be sorta conversant in both, but no longer.

52. Ever write a coded message?

As a kid, sure.

53. Have you ever been in someone else's wedding?

Oh yes.  Many.

54. Do you have any children?

We raised 5, we now have 3 (David died at age 24 in 1996; Paul at age 30 in 1999)

55. Did you take a nap today?

Not yet, but I probably will later.

56. Who has the same birthday as you?

My sponsored child in Uganda, Paris Hilton, Lou Diamond Phillips, Hal Holbrook, and Michael Jordan

57. Ever met anyone famous before?

Yes. Judy Garland, Carol Channing, Tipper Gore, Jim Brochu and Steve Schalchlin

58. Do you want to be famous one day?


59. Any Pet Peeves?

Bad grammar, eating with mouth open, speeders and weavers on the freeway, and Congress

60. Are you multitasking right now?

I am always multitasking.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sunday Stealing

Happy Birthday, Peach!
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1. What was the highlight of your week?
Lunch with my friend yesterday, and the time visiting with her and working with her on the iPad afterwards. I have lunch with friends regularly, but the visiting time was extra special.

2. Whose car were you in last?

Ours, when I drove to the post office yesterday afternoon to mail off surprises to a couple of friends.

3. When is the next time you will kiss someone?

Probably tonight when Walt goes to bed.

4. What color shirt are you wearing?

Sky Blue...with a bloody dagger on it

5. How long is your hair?

Too long.  I desperately need a haircut

6. Are you good looking?

Heavens, no!

7. Last movie you watched?

Monument Men, on Amazon instant video this afternoon.

8. Who were you with?

Just me and the dogs.

9. Last thing you ate?

Leftover home made pizza from last night (just as good cold)

10. Last thing you drank?


11. When was the last time you had your heart broken?

2011.  Thank you, Peggy.

12. Who came over last?

Ned and Marta and my mother, on Mother's Day.

13. Are you happy right now?

I'm clean, I have a cool fan blowing on me, I'm watching horses run around a track, I have no pressing deadlines.  I'm delirious.

14. What did you say last?

"Good bye" to my mother after our phone call this morning.  I was telling her I wouldn't be there today because I had no car.  I then told her all about yesterday, lunch at my friend's place, her new apartment and how we were going to bring my mother and Nancy to the Carlton for lunch soon.  She said "That's nice--so what have you been doing exciting lately?"  When I said "all the stuff I just told you" she said "oh, that was about other people, what have YOU been doing lately?"  Sigh.  

15. Where is your phone?

Sitting next to my recliner

16. What color are your eyes?

Green with yellow flecks (officially probably Hazel)

17. Are you left-handed?

Yes ma'am, and proud of it!

18. Spell your name without vowels:

Bvrly Syks

19. Do you have any pets?

3 dogs

20. Favorite Vacation?

Our first international vacation to England and Ireland, with the kids.  It was our first big "family vacation," the last we would be able to take before the kids started going off on their own and living their own lives (Ned already was).   Every single bit of it was wonderful, except those few harrowing minutes at the Cliffs of Mohr.

21. What do you dislike currently?

Since I have given up answering robo calls, reading emails from any political organization, and watching Chris Matthews, I'm pretty mellow at the moment. I'm not fond of liver and/or beets, though.

22. What are you listening to?

The three-hour hype before the 2 minute Belmont Stakes.

23. If you could have one thing right now what would it be?

Ice cream would be nice, if you're stopping by the store.

24. What is your favorite scent?

There are a few:  the ocean, freshly brewing coffee, puppy breath, the way a deep red rose used to smell, fresh peaches, and the inside of a bakery.

25. Who makes you happiest?

The grandkids, but mostly Lacie because she's the one who will grab a book and climb into my lap and snuggle, Bri has to be encouraged.  We have a more cerebral relationship than a physical one.

26. What were you doing at midnight last night?

Sleeping (fell asleep watching TV)

27. When is your birthday?


28. Who has the same phone as you?

Anybody else who has an iPhone 4.

29. Last time you went swimming in a pool?

When Jeri and I went to Italy with Char and her daughters, Pat, and a bunch of other people in 2009.  Char and I swam in the hotel rooftop pool in Santa Margherita Ligure, next town to Portofino.  We swam for aboaut 10 minutes before they closed the pool for the day.  But I was in a bathing suit!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sunday Stealing

1) Where would you retire to?
I guess I'm here, since I'm retired and still living in the home we've lived in for the past nearly-41 years.

2) What are your best physical features?
I have a left shoulder-blade that is a miracle of loveliness. People come miles to see it. My right elbow has a fascination that few can resist

3) What are your best characteristics?
My sense of humor, my loyalty, my love for my friends

4) What kind of books do you like to read?
Crime novels, mostly, biographies, travel narratives, but pretty much anything interesting.

5) What are you reading now?
I'm finishing the 7th book of Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series because the 8th book will be released in two weeks; I'm also reading Ruth Rendell's "A Judgement in Stone," and we are almost finished listening to David Baldacci's "King and Maxwell," our current audio book.

6) Where would you want to retire to?
See question #1

7) What is your favorite time of the day?
I think it's between 5 and 6 a.m., when I am awake, I have moved to the recliner, the dogs are asleep, Walt is asleep, I can check e-mail on my iPad and don't feel guilty for watching TV and/or going back to sleep instead of doing some straightening up around the house.  It's my alone time.  I love it.

8) Where did you grow up?
San Francisco, on the edges of both North Beach and Russian Hill, walking distance from Fisherman's Wharf.

9) How far away from your birthplace do you live now?
80 miles east.

10) Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Yes.  As I said, I am usually awake between 5 and 6 a.m. and it is rare for me to go to sleep before midnight or 1 a.m.

11) What inspires you?
Selfless compassion.

12) Can you close your eyes and raise your eyebrows?
Is that supposed to be difficult to do?  Of course I can.

13) Do you have pets?
Three dogs -- Sheila (Aussie Shepherd/Rottweiler mix), Lizzie (a tall Benjy) and Polly (the obnoxious Chihuahua mix I swore I'd never have).

14) How many rings before you answer the phone?
If I'm at my desk, with the phone at my elbow, I answer as soon as I can see on Caller ID who it is.  If I'm in my recliner, it takes me 3-4 rings to get out from under the dog, lower the footrest, get the iPad put away, and get to the phone.

15) What are some of the different jobs that you have had in your life?
Test tube washer in a medical arts laboratory, biller-clerk in a cheap tool office, secretary for three physics professors at UC Berkeley, typist in two different typing services, secretary in a law office (the worst of the jobs), medical transcription for most of my "career," substituting in every medical office in Davis until I got a permanent job in ob/gyn, medical office manager for two different offices, and theater critic.

16) Any new and exciting things that you would like to share?
Good lord--is this my mother asking the question?  She asks me this several times a day!  The only exciting thing recently is that we sat in $200 seats when I went to review Wicked last night.  It's lovely to be a critic and get the seats for free!

17) What is most important in life?
Family.  I'm lucky that I have such a good blood family, and such good extended family and that everybody gets along with everybody else.

18) Did you dream last night?
Not that I remember.

19) Do you remember your dreams?
Once in awhile, but usually no.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sunday Stealing

1. How old is the oldest pair of shoes in your closet?
I rarely buy shoes...only when I have to.  I think the oldest is the pair I'm wearng now, my Birkinstocks, which a friend bought for me in 1999.

2. Did you buy Girl Scout cookies this year? If so, what variety?
We usually get the mints and the peanutbutter ones, and maybe the regular shortbread, but none of them taste as good as they used to and they are SO expensive!

3. Do you know how to ballroom dance?
I took ballroom dancing as a P.E. class in college, but we never go dancing and I think the last time I danced was at Tom's wedding in 2003.  I have forgotten everything I ever learned in my class.

4. Were you a responsible child/teenager?
Pathetically responsible.  Very boring child.

5. How many of this year's Oscar-nominated movies did you see?
Before the awards, none.  Since, two (Dallas Buyers Club and Philomena)

6. If you're going to have a medical procedure done, such as having blood drawn, is it easier for you to watch someone else having the procedure done or have it done yourself?
Makes no difference.  Medical procedures don't bother me (I worked in medical offices for too long!)

7. What is your favorite day of the week and why?
Thursday, the day I volunteer at the used book store.

8. What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received??
Whenever someone compliments me on something I've written, I love it.

9. Do hospitals make you queasy?
Heck no.

10. At which store would you like to max-out your credit card?
Office Max

11. Are you true to the brand names of products/items?
Some, like Best Foods mayonnaise and Skippy peanutbutter

12. Which is more difficult: looking into someone’s eyes when you are telling someone how you feel, or looking into someone’s eyes when he/she is telling you how he/she feels?
I've never thought about it.  Probably looking into someone's eyes while telling them how I feel

13. What’s one thing you’re deeply proud of — but would never put on your résumé?
I made some pretty darn good looking cakes in my cake decorating years.  And I raised some really wonderful orphan puppies to toddlerhood, when they could be adopted.

14. What’s the most out-of-character choice you’ve ever made?
Probably going to Australia without Walt.

15. What’s your personal anthem or theme song?
Probably "For Good" from Wicked.  I have been influenced by a few special friends in my life.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Better Late than Never

Because of how busy last week end was, I never got around to doing the Sunday Stealing, so I'm making it the Wednesday Stealing

1. Last time you had butterflies in your stomach?
Hmmm...I don't remember.  Maybe when I had to take the driving part of my license renewal and was worried about my eyesight

2. What was your last alcoholic beverage?

I rarely drink, but I had a Margarita over the weekend (I didn't finish it)

3. Who can you trust?

My family and my friends (I hope)

4. Where was your first kiss with your current significant other?

That was over 50 years ago.  I don't really remember.

5. Favorite Band?

Lawsuit, of course.

6. What is something you've learned about yourself recently?

I am SO over Chris Christie and wish MSNBC would just drop it already.

7. Do you like anyone?

I like most people.

8. Do you know anyone who is engaged?

I don't think so.  I heard about someone who just got engaged, but I think that was somebody's blog.  Nobody that I know in real life.
Correction:  How could I forget that my cyber brother Ron has been engaged to his George since Valentine's day?

9. What's your favorite number?

Seven.  I don't know why.  It has been my favorite number all of my life.

10. Who was the last person to make you cry?

It's  been awhile, so I don't remember

11. Did you ever go to camp as a kid?

No.  I longed to go to camp, but we couldn't afford it.

12. When was the last time you cried?

This afternoon, watching the 2-hour long interview with Barbara Walters (but remember I cry easily!).  It wasn't heavy boo-hoo crying, but I did tear up several times.

13. What is one thing you miss about your past?

The people in it.

14. What is one thing you've learned about life?

Nothing is permanent.  Forever isn't.

15. Are you jealous of anyone?

Nobody that I can think of.  Jealousy is a useless emotion.

16. Is anyone jealous of you?

I doubt it.

17. Has a friend ever used you?

A high school friend once borrowed a large sum of money from me because she was homeless. She promised she would return it.  That was years ago.  My friend Gilbert always said that he never loaned money that he expected to get back, and that was kind of the the idea I had when I loaned her the money.  I really never expected to see it (or her) again...and I didn't.

18. Has anyone recently told you that they like you more than as a friend?


19. Who was the last person you drove with?

Walt and I drove at least 800 miles last weekend

20. What are you looking forward to?

Going to France this fall.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sunday Stealing

A Movie Meme

I thought this meme would be a piece o'cake for me, but it really was very difficult and took a lot of thought!

1. What is your all-time favorite "costume" movie or period piece?
I don't watch a lot of period movies, so I don't have a long list from which to choose.  In fact, I just checked a list of the top 30 period movies and have seen almost none of them.  But I'm a sucker for movies about Henry VIII and Elizabeth I so I'll go with the 1998 Elizabeth with Cate Blanchett.  Seems to me I remember the costumes in that one being amazing.  Oh! Oh!  I know ... My Fair Lady!

2. What classic film would you nominate for a remake?

None.  They are called "classics" for a reason, and as a general rule they are lessened, not made better, by having a remake.  There have been some genuine disasters in trying to remake what was perfect to begin with. Can you imagine Gone with the Wind with a different cast?  Casablanca?  Citizen Kane? The one exception was the dramatic A Star Is Born remade as a musical in 1954.   The remake with Streisand was terrible.

3. Name your favorite femme fatale.

Sally Rand.  If you've ever seen a video of her fan dance, you'll see why.

4. Name the best movie with the word "heaven" in its title.

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

5. Describe the worst performance by a child actor that you’ve ever seen.  

Sorry, but it has to be Drew Barrymore in E.T.  At that time she was a "Barrymore" and I'm sure that got her the role, but it was years before she really became an actress.

6. Who gets your vote for most tragic movie monster?

Frankenstein's monster, who never asked to be created and, once created, was just looking for someone to love him.  Also King Kong who was forced to leave his home and be treated like a freak.  He, too, was just looking for a friend.  An extension of my feeling about captive elephants and other wild animals.

7. What is the one Western that you would recommend to anybody?

Oh, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.  I don't really think of it is a western, but as a buddy film, but it had horses, cowboys, train robberies, a purdy gal, and shoot outs in it, so I guess it classifies as a western!  Second would be The Frisco Kid, which is lesser known, but it's Harrison Ford as an outlaw before anybody thought of Han Solo, and Gene Wilder in one of my favorite roles of his as a rabbi trying to get from New York to California on horseback.  Another great unlikely buddy movie. Very, very funny.
8. Who is your ideal movie-viewing partner?
We've never watched a movie together, but I'd love to watch a really tacky move with my friend Ron. Watching movies with gay guys has to be the best.

9. Has a film ever made you want to change your life? If so, what was the film?

Interrupted Melody, the story of Australian opera singer Marjorie Lawrence, who contracted polio.  I was in my "polio terror" years when I saw it, and watched her overcome her paralysis to get back on stage again.  I decided I would become an opera singer and must have driven my poor mother bonkers with practicing scales in ranges my voice was never intended to reach.  (Needless to say, I never did become an opera singer, and my plans to do so were short-lived.)

10. Think of one performer that you truly love. Now think of one scene/movie/performance of theirs that is too uncomfortable for you to watch.  

I didn't much care a lot of Judy Garland in A Child is Waiting, her second-to-last film

11. On the flip side, think of one really good scene/performance/movie from a performer that you truly loathe.

I don't "loathe" anybody.  There are actors I don't like, but usually I don't like them because of their personal life (Tom Cruz, Russell Crowe) or views with which I disagree vehemently (Mel Gibson).  That said, they can turn in wonderful performances that I probably won't see just because they make me so upset off the screen.  I did enjoy Bravehart, for example, though now I tend to avoid Gibson movies just in principle.

12. What movie has the best soundtrack?

Anything by John Williams

13. Favorite actor with a mustache? (i.e: Charlie Chaplin, William Powell)

I dunno.  How about David Niven.

14. Shadowy film noir from the 1940's or splashy colorful musicals from the 1950's?

I adored the musicals of the 50s.  It was only later in life that I came to an enjoyment of film noir (and if anybody tells me they are going to remake The Third Man, have him shot).

15. Favorite classic Disney?

Bambi.  It still makes me cry.  Close second, Dumbo, which also makes me cry.  That lullaby with Dumbo's mom rocking him in her trunk while she's in "jail" gets me every time.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Sunday Stealing

16. Talk Shows. Do you watch daytime talk TV? If so, do you prefer the calm shows like Oprah or the wilder side like Jerry Springer?
I watch The Today Show, and Kelly and Michael.  I used to watch Oprah, Ellen, and other afternoon talk shows, but now I stick with NCIS (etc) marathons and turn over to MSNBC when Chris Hayes comes on at 5 and then Rachel Maddow at 6 and then Jeopardy

17. Which daytime talk TV show would you like to be on? What would the topic be?

It would probably be fun to be on Ellen, but I can't think what topic we would talk about.

18. Before talk TV took over game shows ruled the airways during the day, which do you prefer? Or are you a soap opera fan?

I haven't watched soap operas in more than 40 years.  I love game shows.

19. Is there a game show (past or present) you think you would do really well on, as a contestant?

I'm too old for game shows now.  Reflexes and memory aren't quick enough, but I would love to have qualified for Jeopardy (which we watch every day, religiously).  For past game shows, it would have been fun to be on Password.

20. Who is your favorite game show host? Who is your least favorite?

Love Alex Trebek.  Wink Martendale had too greasy a smile for my tastes.

21. Marathons. Have you watched any TV marathons? In part? In whole? Is there a show you’d like to see run an all day marathon? On the flipside is there a show you’d avoid in marathon?

Good lord.  So many.  I did all of Breaking Bad in about 2 days so I would be ready for the finale.  I did four seasons of Sopranos in about a week.  I recently did a The Americans marathon, but that was only one season. I watch alphabet marathons on USA (NCIS, NCIS-LA, SVU, etc.)  I would love to have them do a marathon of West Wing, Northern Exposure or Picket Fences so I could see them all again.

22. Out of curiosity, what’s the longest you’ve ever watched TV in one stretch?

I think the Breaking Bad marathon was the longest, where I started before sunrise and finished around midnight. 

23. On the whole do you feel most Special Reports are really that special? Or are they simply annoying? What special report has affected you most? (IE: (9/11, Reagan being shot…etc)

Some special reports, yes, but most, no.  It's just the network trying to be first to deliver bad news.  The one that affected me the most was the first of the special reports :  the Kennedy assassination.  I was out of the country on 9/11 and missed all the reports during that week.

24. What is the (pick one: stupidest, saddest, silliest, most disgusting..) thing you’ve ever seen on TV?

Most disgusting has to be either some of those "I eat gross things" shows, or Who Wants to Marry a Millionare where a woman married a stranger on TV because she wanted his money.  I can't watch any hoarder shows either.

25. What’s your fondest memory of something on TV?

I remember watching a concert version of Les Miserables that was absolutely thrilling.

26. What’s the first show you remember watching regularly?

We got our first TV in 1953, which is more than 50 years ago, so I don't remember the first show I remember watching regularly.  I remember watching Ed Sullivan regularly and the very first TV program we watched on our own set was Life with Luigi, with J. Carroll Nash.

27. What shows would make up a perfect night of TV viewing for you?

Jeopardy, NCIS, Scandal, White Collar, and The Daily Show (that takes me from 7 to 11;30)

28. You get to create one show to put on the schedule, with any stars you choose. Who and what would it be? is considering a show called Bosch, based on author Michael Connelly's hero, Harry Bosch, starring Titus Welliver in the title role.  I can't think of a better new show to put on any schedule.  I love Harry Bosch.

29. Canceling or Not. What show(s) would you cancel without a moment’s hesitation? Is there a show (previously canceled or just no longer airing) that you’d bring back, original cast and all?

Honey Boo Boo or Dance Moms, neither of which I have watched, but which look ghastly in promos.  The show I would bring back would be The West Wing, but since the actors are either too old...or dead...that would not be possible (and I certainly wouldn't want to see anybody else in those roles!)

30. What’s the best series finale you remember?

Hands down, Newhart where his character woke up in the middle of the night, in bed with Suzanne Pleschette, Bob Newhart's wife from his previous show and that everything we had just seen had been his dream.  Brilliant (and perhaps a nod to the finale of St. Elsewhere, where the show turned out to be taking place in the mind of an autistic boy)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sunday Stealing

TV Meme, part one
(another meme that seems ready-made for me!)
1. TV Theme songs. Which is your favorite, and which makes you crazy enough to hit mute on the remote?
They don't really have theme "songs" like they used to, songs we could sing.  I loved the theme to The Courtship of Eddie's Father and I still like the theme to Underdog.  I always fast forwarded through the theme to Dexter and though I watch SVU frequently, I cringe when I hear the theme song. Also cringe-worthy is All in the Family.  Sorry, but Edith Bunker's voice was nails on a chalkboard to me.  And after the first day or two, I can't stand to hear the theme to any Olympic broadcast!  There are many others that I like and dislike.

2. The Classics. What is your favorite Classic TV show?

The Dick Van Dyke Show.

3. What character from a Classic TV show would you like to be?

Timmy's mom on Lassie.

4. Can you remember a line you liked from a Classic TV show?

I don't know that there is a "line" in there that is memorable, but my favorite situation from Lassie was one that June Lockhart told on an interview about the show.  Apparently her character's foot was caught in a bear trap. She shouts for help. When Lassie shows up, she takes the risk and sends the dog for the "C" clamp sitting on the sink back at the house. Lassie, being only a dog, returns with a c-shaped cheese slicer and Lockhart sends her back to the kitchen again for the clamp which Lassie, of course, gets right the second time.

5. Heroes. What show featuring those who protect your country (fiction or non-fiction) is your favorite?

NCIS, of course, with runners up being Criminal Minds and NCIS-LA.

6. TV Cops. Who is your favorite (past or present) TV cop? Which TV cop do you think was the most crooked, or the most inept?

Favorite is Monk.  Most inept would be Barnie Fife.

7. You need to hire a bodyguard for yourself. Which TV cop do you choose?

Jack Bauer.  Ain't nobody gonna mess with Jack Bauer.  But I guess technically Jack isn't a cop, so I'll choose Olivia Benson from SVU.

8. TV Doctors. Which TV doctor would you choose to remove your appendix? Which TV doctor would you not let touch you with a 10-foot pole?

Oh dear.  So many doctors and I've watched almost all of them.  Probably Marcus Welby could handle my appendix.  There are no doctors like him left in the world (for that matter, I suspect there never WERE any doctors like him!).  As for who should not touch my appendix, that would be Gregory House.  I'd end up dying of some exotic disease while he and his crew ran expensive tests and lopped off important pieces of my anatomy in the name of scientific exploration.

9. TV Moms. Which TV mom would you have liked to have had for your own? Is there a TV mom you would never want as your own?

I'll go with Samantha Stephens (Bewitched) for mom I'd like.  It would be fun to have a witch for a mom.  Or maybe Claire Huxtable, who could do it all, make it look easy, and still look glamorous.  I would not like to have Donna Reed for a mother (shudder) nemesis.  As for the mom I'm most like, that would be Roseanne! The mom I had was probably more like June Cleaver.

10. TV Dads. Which TV Dad would you have most liked to have for your own dad? On the flipside, who was the TV Dad you’d have least liked to have had?

The Dad I'd like to have had was Jim Anderson of Father Knows Best. The Dad I had was Archie Bunker.  The Dad I'd least like to have is Tony Soprano.

11. Comedies. How do you feel about sitcoms? Good, wholesome fun or saccharine inanity?

I run hot and cold on sitcoms.  Broad, slapstick comedy does nothing for me.   Well written comedy like Big Bang Theory I love.

12. If your life was a sitcom, what would the title be?

Well, Funny the World, of course!

13. If you went to a comedy club on amateur night, and they gave you some jokes and a microphone, would you go onstage?

Not for all the tea in China.

14. Reality. Are you a fan of Reality TV? What’s your “can’t miss” reality TV show (or shows), or what reality TV show do you suppose the devil plays on the TV in Hell as punishment?

There's "reality TV" and there's "reality TV."  I love Amazing Race, tolerate Dancing with the Stars and Survivor.  I hate any housewives of anywhere, or any mating and dating reality show.  I think Hell would be it's own reality show; I doubt people will be watching TV, but if they were it would probably be that woman who teaches dance to young girls, or the mothers yelling at their toddlers to display well on the runway.  Or maybe an eternity of Honey BooBoo.  (Excuse me; I have to go to confession now to erase all of my past sins and clear my way into eternity of Honey BooBoo is more threatening than an eternity of fire!)

15. If you were given a free ticket to be on any reality show, which one would you choose?

Hmmm...I'm too old and decrepit for Amazing Race, Dancing with the Stars or Survivor.   (Me on THERE is a sit com for ya!)  Not being an exhibitionist, I can't think of a single reality show that I would like to be on, unless it was one that dealt with animals or something like that.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sunday Stealing

What’s your favorite frozen treat on a stick?
Hagen Daaz vanilla covered with chocolate and nuts.

What’s your favorite lollipop?
Not a big lollipop person, so don't have a favorite.

When you passed notes during class in high school, who was mostly often the recipient?
Passing notes?  Surely you jest.  I was taught by nuns.  If they caught you passing notes, they cut off your hands.

Who among your high school friends was the first to get his or her own car?
I can't remember.  We all drove, but I suspect we all drove our parents' car.

Who’s the black sheep in your family?
This family (my mother's family) has so many black sheep, it would be unfair to single out just one.

Who’s the family historian?
My cousin Peach, who has traced our ancestry back to a
protoplasmal primordial atomic globule

What was the last thing you sprayed from a spray bottle?
Doggie urine de-smeller.

What was the last thing you sprayed from an aerosol can?
Whipped cream onto ice cream (which is kept in the refrigerator to keep from mix-up with doggie urine de-smeller).

When did you last make reservations for something?
Hmmm...I think it was motel reservations to attend my sister-in-law's retirement party next month.

What’s your next upcoming appointment?
Probably my dental appointment in about 2-1/2 mos.

What store’s departure from your preferred shopping mall most saddened you?
I don't have a "preferred shopping mall" but I was surprised at a news store in a mall in Santa Barbara (where I used to buy postcards) had closed.

What’s good to eat at your preferred shopping mall?
There is a Fenton's at the Nut Tree Mall that has great sundaes (I've been there twice in the 10 years it has been there)

What services (as opposed to goods) do you pay for at your preferred shopping mall?
As I said, I rarely go to malls, so that includes the next two questions.

What’s a store you’ve never been inside at your preferred shopping mall?
What kind of store would you most welcome in your preferred shopping mall?

What did you most recently purchase at an office supply store?
An ink cartridge for my printer.

What did you most recently purchase at a book store?
Children's books (I work in a used book store and frequently bring home some of the "product.")

What did you most recently purchase at a drugstore?
I went to CVS to buy emery boards and lipstick for my mother.

What did you most recently purchase at a convenience store?
I can't remember the last time I was in a convenience store.

What did you most recently purchase at a thrift shop?
The only thrift shop where I ever shop is the used book store where I work.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sunday Stealling

1. When you buy a greeting card are the words or the picture more important to you?
Oh, the words, definitely.  I'm always looking for the perfect snarky sentiment!

2. What's your favorite kind of cake?
I'm not a big cake eater, but my favorite used to be a chocolate cream roll, which my mother used to make for our birthdays.  A chocolate sponge cake rolled up with thick real whipped cream and topped with a bittersweet chocolate frosting. I haven't had it since I was a child.

3. Do you ever make gifts for people, if so what, or do you buy them?
Since I am of the "glue macaroni on a card" level of craftsperson, I buy gifts. More often than not books, since I am such a big book lover. 

4. You are chosen to have lunch with the President. The condition is you only get to ask one question. What do you ask?
Good question.  I remember when my friend (who ultimately went through many different elected offices up to state Representative from our district) won her first elected office. She had anticipated being able to do so many things holding that office and when she actually got into office, she discovered how much her hands were tied by so many things she knew nothing about when running for office. Obama made so many promises when he first ran and I'd be curious to find out how much he discovered that his promises were not possible to be met because of constraints of the office, in addition to the Republicans' vow not to let any of his policies be put into practice.

5. Which do you dislike most: pop-up ads or spam email?
My computer blocks most pop-up ads, so I'll say spam e-mail.  (If I contributed $3 every time someone tells me I could save the world with my donation, I'd have spent at least $1 million by now!)

fifty.jpg (82865 bytes)6. What was the best party you've ever been to?
Hands down, one that the kids and I threw--Walt's 50th birthday party, a surprise roast with people from all aspects of his life, even his childhood in Hawaii, as he sat on the stage of the local theater, on a gigantic chair from the set of The Nutcracker, dressed in a peer's robes and crown from the Davis Comic Opera Company's Iolanthe.   That party was more than 20 years ago and people still talk about that party today.

7. Which is worse, being in a place that is too loud, or too quiet?
TOO LOUD!!!! (can you hear me yelling?)  It's why I don't like New York City--too busy and too loud.

8. You are offered an envelope that you know contains $50. You are then told that you may either keep it or exchange it for another envelope that may contain $500 or may be empty. Do you keep the first envelope, or do you take your chances with the second?
With my luck it's a certainty that the second envelope will be empty. I'll take the bird in the hand.

9. Do you wish cellphone etiquette was a required class upon purchasing one?
It would be nice, but who would pay attention? The people who don't need the class!

10. What's the most messed up food combination that you've had that was actually good?
Maybe banana meat loaf, which is actually quite good,

11. What's one of your most random pet peeves (something that annoys you)?
Parents who let their kids run around restaurants disturbing other diners (we didn't let our 5 kids do it, why should they?)

12. When is the last time you had home cooking?
Last night. And the night before and the night before ad nauseam.  I am the home cook.

13. If you could be a fictional character from a book who would you choose?
Claire Randall from the Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series.

14. If you could be in a television sit-com, which would you choose?
The Big Bang Theory, but I couldn't be a cool nerdy character; I'd have to be someone's mother.

15. If you could be any animal or creature for one day, what would it be?
An elephant. I'd love to be a member of an elephant society. And because an elehant never forgets, I could make lifelong friends before returning to my human form.

16. What's your favorite girl's name?
I wanted Jeri's name to be Laurie Pauline, but Walt didn't like it.  I like Jeri's name (Jerilyn Anne), but I really would like to have had a Laurie Pauline.

17. What's your favorite boy's name?
Probaby David (so why did it take us four children before we named a boy that???)

18. What's your supermarket of choice?
Nugget Market.  It's a chain, but I suspect only a local chain.

19. If you were to attend a costume party tonight, what or whom would you go as?
An old retired lady.  I have the costume for that.

20. What is your concession stand must-have at the movies?
Surprisingly, I have found that I can make it two hours without having to eat.   I never get anything at the concession stand. Too, too expensive!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday Stealing

1. Do you know triplets?
We used to.  Our kids were in nursery school with identical triplets Miles, Abel and Zachary.  (Their mother had a nice ultrasound photo of the 3 babies nestled in her womb around her IUD!)  Years later when we were living in Davis, Dave came home one day after visiting his friend and he said he had met triplets and that their name was Miles, Abel and Zachary.  Small world!)

2. Do you prefer Titanic or The Notebook?
If The Notebook is that movie about Alzheimers, then that one.

3. Have you ever eaten Indian food?
I've eaten it; I've cooked it.  I love Indian food.  When I have the time, I will make my own curries, but usually I go with store-bought.  I haven't made tiki masala yet, though and that is about my favorite of the Indian foods I've tasted.

4. What’s the name of your favorite restaurant?
I don't have "a" favorite.  Here in town it would probably be a Thai restaurant, Thai Nakorn, where we eat from time to time.  In San Francisco there is a restaurant called Thanh Long which makes the very best crab ever!

5. Who’s your favorite person in the world?
Oh Lord.  Such pressure.  I can't say.  If you exclude all family members (who are obviously all favorites), it's probably Steve Schalchlin, 'cause he gives the best hugs ever and is a great confidante, when he's not busy being a Big Star.

6. Would you rather live in a rural area or in the suburbs?
Suburbs definitely.  Rural has a nice lure to it, but I suspect I would get tired of it sooner or later.

7. Can you whistle?
Yes, but not using 2 fingers.

8. Do you sleep with a nightlight?
Yes, but only because it's attached to the Sentsy Scent warmer. I have no problems sleeping without a night light.

9. Do you eat breakfast every morning?
Very definitely.  And mid morning.  And lunch.  And mid-afternoon. And dinner.  And snacks in between.

10. Do you take any pills or medication daily?

11. How many times have you been to the hospital as a patient?
Six.  Five to give birth and one for tonsil removal (at age 4)

12. Have you ever seen Finding Nemo?

13. Where do you buy your jeans?
I don't wear jeans.

14. What’s the last compliment you got?
It was on an article I wrote for the paper this week

15. Do you usually remember your dreams in the morning?

16. What flavor tea do you enjoy?
Not a big tea drinker, but I usually order Earl Gray

17. What social media sites do you use?
Facebook, Swap Bot's "Over 50 and Proud" group and Senior Friends

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunday Stealing

From FYeah, Surveys!

Do you have another window or tab open? If so, what are they for?

I always have several tabs open, usually one for Facebook, one for SwapBot, one for Funny the World, and one for whatever else I've just Googled.  I sometimes have another window opened, but rarely, and for nothing specific.

Do you like to cook/bake?

Yes.  I'm a good cook.  I just don't like to plan and shop.

What are you currently listening to?

The sound of the fan inside my computer.  It's early and nobody else is up and I haven't turned the TV on yet.

How long have you lived in the house you live in?

We moved here in August of 1973, so 40-1/2 years.

Are you tired?

No.  I just woke up and I slept seven hours last night, which is something of record for me

Do you pick your words carefully, or just tend to blurt everything out?

Oh I'm a blurter.  I try to speak carefully, but most of time I just say whatever is on my mind.

Are you nice to everyone?

Of course.  Why would I not be?

Have you ever tripped in public?

I'm a klutz, so yes.  My last was that spectacular fall I took at the theater a week ago.

Are you a morning person or a night person?


Is it easier to forgive or forget?

Definitely easier to forgive.  Forgetting is impossible for me.

Is there something that’s recently shocked you?

Oh, it must be something that congress did.  That seems to be so shocking on a daily basis that it doesn't even register any more.

Which is harder: walking away from somebody you love or coming back?

Fortunately, I've never had to do either.  They do it first.  The walking away part.  Nobody has ever come back.

What were you doing at midnight last night?

Sleeping.  We had just come back from a show and I was groggy, so went to sleep before midnight (unusual for me) and went to sleep instantly.

What color are your eyes?

Hazel, though Walt will tell you "green with yellow flecks"

We finished our marathon 9 shows last night with a wonderful production of a play called 4000 Miles.  It was not without incident, however, when about 15 minutes into the play, someone in the audience had an emergency.  I don't know what it was, but they stopped the play, called 911, got him out of the theater and then the play started again from where they left off.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Sunday Stealing

1. Have you ever pretended to read a book to impress someone?
I don't think so.  I have started reading a book to impress someone and sometimes I actually finish the book, finding it more interesting than I thought.

2. Have you ever pretended not to read a book in order to avoid embarrassment?

I'm not sure how you "pretend NOT to read a book," but there are some books I avoid out of embarrassment at letting someone know that I might like to read it.

3. What’s your worst reading habit?

Trying to read too many at once and never finishing some of them.  (This is one bad point about having a Kindle...too easy to add an interesting book that you start to read to check out, and then another interesting book comes along...)

4. What book are you most proud of having read?

I read "Tom Jones" when I was in college because I had read "Marjorie Morningstar" who was reading that book on a cruise, and some guy expressed surprise because he didn't think ANYBODY read "Tom Jones" just for pleasure.  It was a huge book, but I really enjoyed it.

5. Do you buy most of your books new, second-hand, electronically or borrow via the library?

I buy almost no new books, since I work in a used book store.  But I buy a lot of e-books from Amazon.  I haven't been in the public library 3 blocks from our house in years.  But now that I have Amazon Prime, I can borrow from the Amazon library for my Kindle.

6. Have you ever pretended to watch a film to impress someone?

I don't think so.

7. Have you ever pretended not to have watched a film in order to avoid embarrassment?

No.  I don't have any taste and I'm not embarrassed to admit it.

8. What movie have you watched the most?

The Judy Garland A Star Is Born, which I know I have seen more than 100 times.

9. What film do you tell people is your favorite ever?

A Star Is Born (I am also not shy to let people know how much I hated what Barbra Streisand did to that movie).

10. What film is actually your favorite ever?

Duhhh... A Star Is Born

11. What time do you usually wake up and get up in the mornings?

I usually wake up between 2 and 4, move from couch to recliner, go back to sleep and wake up between 7 and 8:30.

12. Do you wake naturally or does something/someone wake you up?

On days when the dogs are being polite (which, thank goodness, is most mornings), I wake up naturally.

13. How many snooze alarms do you need?

I don't use an alarm, snooze or otherwise.

14. What’s your routine on a workday/work at home morning?

Well, I'm retired, so I have nothing I have to do, but I usually get up, make coffee (unless Walt has made it), watch The Today Show, Kelly and Michael, The Today Show and whatever is on USA after that.  I check e-mail, check Facebook, check a discussion group on Swap Bot, answer letters, etc., etc., etc.  No routine, really.

15. What’s your routine on a non-workday morning?

Same as every other day, with out The Today Show and Kelly and Michael.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Sunday Stealing

What was your first job like?
I washed test tubes and poopy specimen containers in a Medical Arts laboratory.   I also held down the arms of terrified patients when they were having blood drawn (that was my favorite part of the job)  (I was also a babysitter, of course!   But the lab job was my first "real" grown-up-ish job)

It’s a typical Sunday, how are you spending it?
Watching an NCIS marathon.

What was the happiest day of your life?
Oh there have been so many.  One I rarely mention in questions like this is a day at the Whole Earth Festival at UC Davis when Lawsuit was playing.  They had been relegated to a "minor" stage and we got there early so I could set up the camera to videotape the show.  Incredibly, people began pouring in from all over campus.  They filled the plaza, hung out on all the balconies of the building, and even climbed the trees to see the show.  That was where my favorite picture of Paul (which I have posted many times) was taken, being carried aloft on the hands of the crowd while on the balcony, by herself in the crowd, my mother (circled) watched.

What was the best decision you ever made?
Again, there have been so many, but there are two that stand out as decisions that changed my life. The first was agreeing to host a Brasilian student for 3 weeks, which turned into 5 months and 10 years of hosting foreigners.  The second was answering a call for someone to help write a 25 year history of The Lamplighters, which resulted in my meeting many of my best friends, having a great experience, writing my own follow-up ten years later, and a continuing involvement with the company since that time.

Tell your go-to “pretend” game as a child (who was your alter-ego?)
Oh this is so sad.  It was when I must have been in the lower grades of grade school and we had done some sort of a lesson on anthromorphizing inanimate objects.   I decided that the toilet paper dispenser in one of the bathroom stalls could understand me and whenever I needed to talk to "someone" I would go into the bathroom and pour out my soul to the dispenser that I called "Knowy" (short for "nobody knows").

What email service do you use?
Davis Community Network and Gmail

What fandoms would you consider yourself a part of?

Do you use anything on your lips? (eg. Chapstick, gloss, balm, lipstick)
No.  My dentist keeps reminding me to use chapstick, but I never remember.

How many devices do you own which can access the internet?
Lessee -- desktop, laptop, iPad, iPod Touch, cell phone, Kindle.  I think that's it.   (That's more than enough!)

Last strong smell you can remember smelling?
The coffee Walt made an hour ago.  If you mean unpleasantly strong smell, it would have been many, many years ago, in Austin, Texas, when I smelled durian fruit.   A not pleasantly memorable memory!

If you had to move your birthday to another date, which one would you choose and why?
Why would I?  After 71 years, it would just be confusing.

Inspiration behind your blog title?
The Lawsuit song, "Funny"
    Funny the world in a world all alone
    I feel like I've lost everything that I own
    Funny the funnies aren't funny any more.
    Funny the tears as they fall from my eyes
    There are two kinds of tears--
    one from truth, one from lies
    There's a broken soldier,
    who's going home...
It was these lyrics that I first thought of after David died, and then Paul died and I started a blog, so that's why I adopted the lyrics for my title. 

If you could spend a rainy day with anyone in the world, who would you choose and why?
I don't know anybody who enjoys rain the way I do, so I guess I would be alone with the dogs.

Is there a foreign culture that you love?
In the years when we hosted foreign students, I really loved the idea of Brasilian culture, but suspect that I would not fit in at all were I to move to Brasil.

Do you have a favorite soft drink?
My go-to non-alcoholic drink is water and on the very rare occasions when I have a soft drink, it's Diet Coke.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sunday Stealing

Book Meme
(This one is right up my alley!)
1: Favorite children's book
Hmmm.  For ME as a child, or to read to a child? My first favorite book as a child was "The Black Stallion," which sparked my love of books about animals. Favorite book that I read when our kids were growing up was "I'm Suzy," which was Jeri's favorite book.

2: The last book you've read
I just finished a sweet little book called "Cat Chat," which I picked up at Logos this week...nothing special, just a nice book.

3: Books on your "to read" list
How much time do you have? Dozens.  I have to finish "Upstairs at the White House" and "40 Years of Chez Panisse" (my next book club book), for starters.

4: Top 5 authors
John Steinbeck, Bill Bryson, Pat Conroy, Diana Gabaldon, Tess Gerritson

5: Favorite genres
Mystery/Crime; Biography, Travel, History, and whatever "The Outlander" series is classed as!

6: A book that has made you extremely mad
"Left Behind."  I was so furious at the blatant proselitizing that I threw the book across the room when I was about halfway through it and never finished it.

7: A book that you've cried over
Oh Lord.  I can cry at anything.  Any story about a dog usually has me in tears.  Any book where the central character dies usually has me crying.  Any story about a sick child gets me. 

8: A book that made you laugh out loud
"Fried Eggs with Chopsticks," a book about traveling in China by Polly Evans.  I identified with many of her situations.  Runner up:  "Weird Things Customers say in Book Stores" by Jen Campbell.  Hilarious, especially if you work in a book store!  (This week I was asked if I had any books by Ovid, "I don't know his first name.")

9: Fiction or nonfiction?
Yes.  I'll read anything if it's well written.

10: First book you've read by your favorite author
First book by Steinbeck was "East of Eden," first book by Conroy was "Prince of Tides," first book by Bryson was "The Mother Tongue," first book by Gabaldon was "Outlander," and I don't remember the first Gerritsen book I read.

11: Best book-to-movie adaption
Book-to-movie adaptations are generally disappointing, but I think they did a good job with "Gone with the Wind."

12: Do you read comics/manga?

13: Hardcovers or Paperbacks?
Hard cover or Kindle, both of which are easier on my eyes than paperbacks.

14: Do you buy books as soon as they come out or wait a while?
A very few I buy right away (I have already pre-ordered Gabaldon's latest, which comes out in June), but usually I wait.

15: Do you buy books spontaneously without any prior knowledge of what happens in it?
I work in a book store.  Of course I do!

16: Have you ever bought a book based on the cover alone?
I work in a book store.  Of course I do!

17: Where do you usually buy your books? or Logos Books

18: Book that had a strong impact on you
I am still thinking about "Babi Yar," which I read after visiting Kiev.

19: Historical or science fiction?
Sorry, David (Gerrold), but historical (though I have read all of David's early books, up until about 2000)

20: Dystopian or Utopian?
I have no strong feelings about either. If I have to choose, probably dystopian.

21: Worst book-to-movie adaption?
PRINCE OF TIDES!!!!!  Barbra Streisand should be horsewhipped for what she did to that book!

22: Book that should have a movie adaption?
"Outlander" ... and it will, on Starz later this year.

23: The first book you've fallen in love with
"Marjorie Morningstar."  I read that book until the pages fell out of it when I was in high school. (Come to think of it, that was a pretty horrible book-to-movie too!)

24: Humor or angst?
Oh angst is much more interesting.

25: How many books do you own?
Enough to start a small library.  There is no room in this house which is not filled with books, except the bathrooms upstairs (there is a book in the bathroom downstairs)

26: Do you go the library?
I am embarrassed to admit that I never go to the library.  The problem is that sometimes it takes me a long time to read a book, and I would not be able to finish within the time allotted.  That said, I can also read a 300-400 book in a couple of days if I put my mind to it.  But I have so many books at home waiting to be read that there is little reason to go to the library.

27: How many books do you read a year?
Last year I read 34; the year before I read 78 (I must have been busier last year...or read longer books...also I didn't finish nearly as many audio books because my mother moved to Davis!)  So far this year I have read 6.

28: Favorite "required reading" book?
Not sure what "required reading" means, but I always recommend "The Mother Tongue" to someone looking for something unusual to read.

29: Favorite quote?
The pain now is part of the happiness then. That's the deal.
C.S. Lewis

30: A book you absolutely hate
"The Stupidest Angel" by Christopher Moore.  I read it for book club, hating every page.  I decided it should be called "The Stupidest Book."   There were others in the book club who agreed with me. Runner up would be "Zoo" or "Cross Country," by James Patterson, who should be shot for publishing some of the crap he's published since he became a book-writing factory.,